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Analyses on the Colonial Gender System


A collection of academic articles examining colonization’s role in erecting a gender system that futher legitimizes whiteness and capitalism at the expense of nonwhite people and our cultures

Colonialism, Two-Spirit Identity, and the Logistics of White Supremacy




Some fun (and cheap) make-up hacks for those people that like playing around with make-up, or even just using a tiny bit on special occasions! These are just my tried and true go-tos for my own make-up routine, and they certainly aren’t the only way to go about things! I have plenty more to add in the future, so let me know how you liked these!

These are awesome, especially when you’re someone like me who uses make-up maybe twice a year, so you don’t exactly have everything you want on hand. My wife is a MacGuyver of make-up (and comics, wtf, I looked away for a second and she pops out this awesomeness).

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#StandwithMonica A few words on solidarity by Rita Rachaels, in a story about the policing of trans street-based sex workers, in Issue 2 of Prose & Lore:"We were the world’s proudest misfits…When we walked off the stroll, the gentleness and simplicity of our holding hands was the refuge we made for each other."


BEST POSTS OF 2013 #68: Grace Bol in Sleek Magazine.

One of my all-time favourite models, Sudanese beauty Grace Bol, stuns in this editorial, All By Myself, for Sleek Magazine's Summer 2013 edition - so far one of my favourite fashion spreads this year.

Part 2.

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Krikor Jabotian AKHTAMAR 2014

[image description: a silly photo of Selena Garcia sticking her tongue out at the camera. a quote from her reads, “yes, it’s hard being in here. but i’m gonna make it. i believe in us. jail isn’t gonna slow me down nor stop me. they think it’s gonna break me but i’m still going on… in here i am no longer selina marie garcia. i am #34! not a human being, but a caged animal with the number 148902 on my head.” additional text reads, “selina garcia has been incarcerated for 3 weeks for allegedly breaking wake county student code of conduct. DSS won’t pick her up from jail. tell the cops, the courts, and the schools to free her NOW to a home in Raleigh, where she can graduate at Southeast Raleigh High with her friends!” that are hashtags that reads, “not number 34” and “bring selina home.”]
On March 7, 2014 Selina Garcia, a senior at Southeast Raleigh high school was suspended from school because of allegations that she committed level II infractions. Her administrator suspended her for 5 days, noting mitigating factors including prolonged and explicit harassment by the other student involved in the incident. However, the School Resource Officer, which are employed by Raleigh Police Department, decided that this wasn’t enough – said that she needed to “learn a lesson,” and so he arrested her and took her to jail. Despite the fact that she posed NO safety threat to the school environment, the officer made the conscious choice to criminalize her. He didn’t care that she wanted to focus on graduating this Spring, and needed to be in school to accomplish that goal – all that mattered was asserting his dominance and “teaching her a lesson” 
When the SRO arrested her, he likely thought that she would go to jail for a couple hours and then be picked up by her family.  But, 19 days later and counting, there’s no end in sight for her.
please click thru to sign the petition and read more on the demands Selina and her community are making.

Image description: “‘Lighting it up blue’ in April for Autism “awareness” is harmful to Autistic people. Don’t do it.”
Blue is not a color for autism, it’s a color one specific group - Autism Speaks - that is very harmful to actually autistic people. Learn more. 



Throughout his mayoral campaign, Bill de Blasio promised New York City residents that part of his office’s platform on public health would be ending the incredibly destructive practice of using condoms as evidence. The position showed up on the campaign’s response to PROP’s Voters’ Education Guide; in media inquiries into de Blasio’s positions as Public Advocate; even on de Blasio’s campaign website, Unfortunately the Mayor has not acted on his promise to New Yorkers.

Not only has there been no response from the Mayor’s Office about our request for an immediate executive order ending the use of condoms as evidence, recent arrest records show that as of January 12th the NYPD are still seizing condoms as evidence. While the NYPD still maintains that this practice is either not used or rarely used, on the arrest forms in Kings County there is a section specifically to indicate the number of condoms seized during the arrest. 

We ask that all New York City residents tell Mayor de Blasio to keep his promise and protect our city’s public health by issuing an executive order banning the practice of using condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses by the police or prosecutors. Here is a script you can use:

"Hi my name is ______________ and I live in (Bronx/Brooklyn/Manhattan/Queens/Staten Island). I am (calling/writing) to ask that Mayor Bill de Blasio immediately issue an executive order ending the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses. The Mayor listed ending the use of condoms as evidence on his campaign website last year as part of his platform on public health, but your office has failed to act on this critical issue. Using condoms as evidence is detrimental to the health of all New York City residents, and especially those vulnerable to HIV transmission. It also has resulted in the sort of police racial profiling of Black and Latina queer youth and trans women, that the Mayor campaigned against last year. I am asking the Mayor to please stick to his promises to promote public health and end racist policing in New York City by issuing an executive order to end the practice of condoms as evidence. Thank you."

You can email the Mayor’s office at or can participate on our call-in Thursday 27th 12pm-3pm by calling this number (212) 788-3000.

UPDATE: Apparently the staffers are telling people that the office does not take complaints, transferring them to 311, or to use the official complaint form at Here are some ways to respond:

1. We’re not registering a complaint, we’re requesting the Mayor keep his campaign promise to NYC residents.

2. If they transfer you to 311, hang up and call again.

3. If they tell you to use the official complaint form, tell them that Red UP and others have tried to contact them about this problem multiple times through official channels.

They’ve also been telling people that they don’t record phone calls and therefore we should set up an email form and then they’ll direct to the appropriate place. Diversion tactics 101; but even if it is true that they don’t record phone calls, it still is just as or more effective than having them create an inbox that they can willfully ignore.

The point of direct action is to disrupt the normal procedure of government to pressure them into responding. NYC residents, especially queer youth of color and trans women, have had their lives disrupted and will continue to have their lives disrupted by the seizure of condoms and prostitution arrests using condoms as evidence. Don’t let up and let us know if you have any questions or follow up.


Naomi Campbell, for YSL, 1989.